Leg lengthening surgery is an attempt to increase leg length due to aesthetic or health problems. Trauma, hormone disorders, leg inequalities, dwarfism and innate features can lead to short neck. Lengthening operations can be applied not only to people with health problems but also to completely healthy.
Who can have leg lengthening surgery?
Lengthening surgery can be performed to people who think that they have a short neck and whom it was medically proven that it is indeed short. Surgery can be in children after they reach age 3. By doing this before the school age, the child is expected to be the same size as his peers when he reaches his school age.
Lengthening surgery for adults 40 years and older is risky. The risk of complications increases in this age group. Therefore, aesthetic lengthening surgery is not recommended for this age group.
Lengthening surgery is not suitable for everyone. It cannot be given to smokers, people with cancer, diabetes, heart failure. The bones and muscles should be suitable for surgery.
What should be the expectation?
When planning a leg lengthening surgery, the patient's body is considered as a whole. The surgery is performed by taking the joint decision of the patient and the physician considering the height, body and leg ratio. Neck elongation is planned to be between 5-12cm.
Length extension surgery varies according to the devices used. 3 methods are widely used. The Ilizarov method has been implemented for many years. Holyfix method and combined method are other methods. The decision of which method is to be applied is determined by the patient's wishes and needs.
The surgery is performed by the orthopedic surgeon under general anesthesia. It takes 2-3 hours. The surgical procedure differs according to the method used.
The healing process
The patient is discharged after 2 to 7 days of hospitalization. No serious pain problems, simple painkillers can easily control the pain. The surgical scar is minimal due to small incisions. The recovery time is different for each patient. Physical therapy support may be needed during this process to keep the joints of the patient flexible and to increase the strength of the muscles that supports the healing process. After the necessary lengthening and bone strengthening is completed, the patient can walk and return to his daily life. The patient's after care during the post-operation of strictly following the instructions given, shortens the healing process.